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AIRE – Register of Italians resident abroad

What is A.I.R.E.?

The Register of Italians living abroad (A.I.R.E.) was established by Law No. 470 of October 27, 1988 and contains the data of Italian citizens living abroad for a period of over twelve months. It is managed by the Municipalities on the basis of data and information from the Consular Representations abroad.

Registering in AIRE is a duty, as well as a right, of each Italian citizen, and it is FREE. It allows access to several consular services and is a prerequisite to be able to exercise important rights such as:

  • voting by mail in Italian general elections, as well as in a referendum, and voting to elect Italian members of the European Parliament;
  • to apply for a new passport or other travel documents, and some certificates;
  • to renew a driver’s license.

Who needs to register?

  • all Italian citizens who transfer their residency abroad for a period of at least 12 months;
  • all Italian citizens who already live abroad, either because they were born there, or because they became Italian citizens later in life, regardless of how their citizenship was acquired.

Who DOES NOT need to regsiter?

  • Italian citizens who move abroad for a period of less than 12 months;
  • seasonal workers;
  • employees of the Italian government stationed abroad.

Requests for AIRE registration must be submitted to the Consulate within 90 days of arrival in the Consular jurisdiction. Registration in AIRE results in automatic cancellation from the Italian Comune’s A.P.R (Anagrafe della Popolazione Residente), meaning they will no longer be registered in the municipality they came from.